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President Obama

Obama takes himself to be something like a benevolent monarch—a king in a mixed constitutional system, where the duties of the crown are largely ceremonial. 

President Obama

On issues ranging from transparency to torture, “thou shalt not” became “thou shalt.”

State of the Union

Only continued pressure from grassroots activists will force Washington to do the right thing.

Flags

The Obama administration's strategic rebalance is really just a retreat. 

NSA speech

In his recent speech, the president offered an unbridled defense of the surveillance state.

Obama nobel prize

With a historic deal in Iran, the Obama administration is one step closer to fulfilling its peacekeeping promise.

Healthcare.gov

The failures, though painful, might force both Republicans and the Obama administration to compromise.

Demonstrators march against the Keystone XL Pipeline outside the White House. (A

The dream of an environmental president seems to be fading away.

A blueprint for the Barack Obama presidential library.

Blogs

Obama must realize he's fighting about more than tax cuts. It's a defining battle and he can win, if he'd just join it.

December 6, 2010

By flip-flopping on a key campaign pledge to end tax cuts for the wealthy, Obama will only embolden Republicans and deflate an already restless Democratic base.

December 6, 2010

Candidate Barack Obama promised to defend net neutrality. But President Obama's FCC chair is not doing that. It's time for some digital activism to defend digital democracy.

December 1, 2010

Katrina vanden Heuvel joins Byron York and Ron Elving on The Diane Rehm Show to examine Obama's meeting with Republicans and the possibility of an across-the-aisle political coalition.

December 1, 2010

 Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower set an activist standard with their Thanksgiving Proclamations. Obama should emulate it.

November 25, 2010

Two words: Michael Bloomberg.

November 22, 2010

According to Ari Berman, Obama has failed to connect with the grassroots organizers that helped get him into office, and the results of this misstep can be clearly seen in the outcomes of the 2010 midterms.

November 17, 2010

According to the Center for American Progress, the president has the power to use executive orders, rulemaking and diplomacy to further a progressive agenda without ever consulting Congress.

November 16, 2010

LTC Bob on pan-European military convention and a reader responds to Alterman's attack on Rahm Emanuel.

November 5, 2010

It needn’t take a primary challenge for Obama to recognize that he can no longer take his base for granted.

November 4, 2010